Passings

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After last night’s storm the tulip petals are strewn across the patio

where they mortally fluttered.”- Church, Jim Harrison

This week I got word of two different friends who died from Covid-19. Gerry was my neighbor and friend for many years. He was full of life, and as his daughter said, “His zest for life was infectious…” He never knew a stranger and his compassion for people of all races and colors was an example to all of us. My wife and I had a standing weekend dinner date with Gerry and Alice for many years. Now I am reflecting on so many good times together with them.

I learned to know Loraine at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. She was the assistant manager for several years and always appreciated the volunteer work I did there. She was a feisty redhead who didn’t take any junk from anyone, yet she had a heart of gold. She retired a couple of years ago and had recently gone to live with her daughter in Florida.

It saddens me when my close friends are strewn across Covid-19’s dark deck, fluttering as they breath their last. Brings realization of my own mortality before my eyes.

Petals strewn will fade

Old friends bid farewell and pass

Great memories linger

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Today at d’Verse, Linda asked us to choose one of eight lines from Jim Harrison, writer and poet, and used the line as an epigraph to a poem we will write. It can be any form, so for this one I chose to write a memorial Haibun.

Join us at: https://dversepoets.com

Fallen Rose Petals – Painting: Dwight L. Roth

76 thoughts on “Passings

      • Memories, especially the good ones you cherish, don’t come easy for most people. It hurts because of your caring and loving nature Dwight. 🥰💖😊 We just take it one day at a time, and keep their memory alive in our hearts, through the experiences we shared with them. 🙏🏼 Stay well and take care my friend.

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  1. So sorry Dwight, for your losses. Seems we are saying that more and more, whether COVID 19 or other issues. Is one worse than another? I say no. Death is inevitable for all. We don’t choose the time or cause. One here, a heweart attack, more than one, overdose, another, natural causes. We all grieve and mourn. Beautiful sentiments beautifully penned.

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    • Thank you so much Valerie.
      Covid has really taken its toll. And people still won’t get vaccinated. I just don’t understand that at all. Over half of the deaths and most of the hospitalizations are those who are non vaccinated!

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